Industry News: WRX takes Autocar performance car award

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The Subaru WRX has won New Zealand Autocar magazine’s Performance Car of the Year award – as the magazine notes changes to its overall awards system

Autocar liked the ‘overall package’ provided by the WRX.

“The new and thoroughly improved model proves to be even greater value in the scheme of things, being cheaper and yet offering a raft of extras previously unavailable on the WRX, making it more of an all-rounder,” said the magazine. Continue reading “WRX takes Autocar performance car award” »

Industry News: Disposable income up 8.2% in 2014

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In more good news for vehicle and equipment sales, it was revealed today that in the year to March 2014, New Zealand earned $14.4 billion more as a country than in 2013, National disposable income was up 8.2% to $189.2 billion.

The growth was led by business profits, while income from employment also grew. Business profits were up $9.0 billion (9.8%), due to large growth in the dairy, construction, and financial services.

Compared with the strong growth in national income, growth in final consumption expenditure was modest (3.6%). This resulted in growth to national saving, continuing its upward trend since 2009. Continue reading “Disposable income up 8.2% in 2014” »

Industry News: Mitsubishi unveils 2015 Triton and future Fiat utility

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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has just launched the 2015 model year Triton utility in Thailand where the vehicle is built for global markets.

In 2016 the Thai factory will also start producing a Fiat-dedicated version of the Triton for sale in Europe and Latin America under the Fiat Professional banner says Automotive New Europe.

The non-binding memorandum of understanding between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and MMC to develop and manufacture the truck will see 150 to 170,000 vehicles produced from the Thai plant over a six year period but numbers are yet to be finalised says a September news report from Automotive News Europe. Continue reading “Mitsubishi unveils 2015 Triton and future Fiat utility” »

Industry News: Digital vehicle marketers gain confidence in B2C sector

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Sales and marketing staff at used and new car dealerships will do well to consider the findings from a study into digital marketing. This shows that the car purchasing market is just getting bigger and bigger online, thanks to new digital trends and more well-informed customers spending more time online searching for the right car.

An AutoTrader.com study from last year found that new and used buyers spend 75% of their car research time online, while Google stats suggest that these car buyers also take an average of 2.7 months to decide on a purchase.

The most recent findings come from a study titled, Emerging Trends in Digital Marketing, an annual study into Australian and New Zealand digital marketing attitudes and practices conducted by First Point Research & Consulting on behalf of Sitecore Australia. Continue reading “Digital vehicle marketers gain confidence in B2C sector” »

Industry News: Holden dealer acquires Armstrong Prestige business in Palmerston North

images1Palmerston North-based Robertson Motor Group will take over the local Volkswagen and Audi dealership held by Armstrong Prestige on December 1.

Owner Bruce Robertson confirmed to AutoTalk this afternoon that his company will take over the Volkswagen Audi dealership located on Taonui Street as a going concern next month, and all existing staff will remain on board.

“There will be very little change in terms of staff, but the Volkswagen Audi dealership will not be located on its current Taonui Street site in the longterm,” says Robertson. Continue reading “Holden dealer acquires Armstrong Prestige business in Palmerston North” »

Industry News: Charges against car buyers ‘unlikely’

Screen-Shot-2014-08-29-at-2.33.37-pmPeople who bought 152 cars from Dunedin City Council’s Citifleet division are unlikely to face police charges.

The Otago Daily Times understands police have all but concluded their investigation into the alleged $1.5 million Citifleet vehicle fraud, and will present their findings to council staff within days.

The council earlier ruled out seeking to recoup vehicles or money from individual buyers, citing legal advice, and instead accepted a $750,000 partial payment from insurer QBE earlier this month. Continue reading “Charges against car buyers ‘unlikely’” »

Industry News: Minister fined $2000 for security breach

gerry-brownlee-forwebA former minister of transport – Gerry Brownlee – has been fined $2000 for a breach of security at Christchurch International Airport on July 24, 2014

Director of civil aviation Graeme Harris says airport security is a serious matter and there had been a thorough investigation. The incident occurred when Brownlee and two aides entered a gate lounge through an exit only door.

“I would like to make it clear this investigation applied the same assessment criteria and level of rigour as would be the case in any similar event,” says Harris. Continue reading “Minister fined $2000 for security breach” »

Industry News: Kiwi tech start-up revs up US rental car industry

transfercarNew Zealand’s leading ‘free’ rental car company makes waves in America while its popularity hits record levels at home.

It’s not often that you hear of the successful launch of an American start-up whose headquarters are not based in San Francisco, but on our very own K’road in Auckland. That’s the story of Transfercar, a Kiwi tech company that specialises in ‘free’ rental cars.

If you’re thinking: “Free rental cars – how can this be possible?’’ you’re not alone. Continue reading “Kiwi tech start-up revs up US rental car industry” »

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